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    What is Keratoconus?

    Keratoconus is a slow, progressive eye disease in which the normally round, dome-shaped cornea (the clear outer front portion of the eye) thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape is irregular, bending light as it enters the eye. Since the cornea is responsible for refracting most of the light coming into your eye, an irregular cornea causes blurred vision.

    With a Keratoconus problem your vision probably looks like this

    Blurred vision caused by keratoconus (especially in its late stages) is different from blurred vision that is caused by other common refractive errors such as myopia or hyperopia. In the later stages of keratoconus, achieving satisfactory vision, even with glasses or contacts, can be difficult.

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    Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

    Corneal collagen cross-linking with riboflavin (CXL; sometimes also abbreviated as C3R) is a non-invasive corneal treatment that has been shown to slow or halt the progression of keratoconus. It does so by increasing the strength of corneal tissue. Undergoing CXL in the early stages may help stabilize vision.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      I was told RGP (rigid gas permeable contacts) will stop keratoconus from worsening. Is this true?


      No, this old wives’ tale is not true. When worn, the RGP lenses temporarily flatten the non-structural epithelium (skin) of the cornea. This creates the illusion of stopping the progression. The keratoconus continues to progress, and contacts must be updated to keep up with the worsening disease.

      Intacs are referred to as prescription inserts. Does this mean that they will eliminate my need for contacts or glasses?


      Good question. To start, we should clarify that Intacs are not like contact lenses. They are curved, clear plastic half-moon-shaped segments that are inserted under the surface of the cornea to reduce the steepness of the cornea by reshaping it.

      Will I go blind from keratoconus?


      Keratoconus does not typically lead to complete blindness. But the disease can degrade vision to a level where one will experience difficulty leading a normal life.

      If I have keratoconus treatment, will I not need to wear contacts or glasses?


      If someone has very mild keratoconus, then it is possible that they may not require glasses or contact lenses after receiving keratoconus treatment. In the majority of cases, however, patients will benefit from some type of vision correction after receiving treatment. This can include glasses, contacts, or additional vision correction procedures.

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